Stream the Crawler podcast for May 8-14! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! Love, Barn. I can do that because I run this joint.... “Remember the old Fleshtones song ‘The Girl From Baltimore’? Well, here she is! Her name is Lisa Doll and she’s the hidden daughter of Johnny Ramone and Nikki Corvette.” Where do these PR people come from? Anyway, Lisa Doll and her band Rock and Roll Romance will play Bar Pink with City Mouse and Western Settings. Listening to Ms. Doll I do get the refs, she’s like a scuffed-up Joan Jett. I’m spinning her track “Outsider” on the podcast. You’ll see/hear what I mean.... Miss the door at Bar Pink, within walking distance (look both ways before crossing the street!), at the Irenic, bad-ass bassist Thundercat’s (Flying Lotus, Suicidal Tendencies) touring in support of his sophomore set, Apocalypse, which everybody who’s anybody gave a “best of” nod to last year. According to Drowned in Sound, Apocalypse is “heavy with cosmic Ra-isms, offbeat wit, and soulful musings.” Illuminauts up first.... And Soda Bar has a tasty triple-decker, featuring Sub Pop psych-rock septet Rose Windows, with our own Wild Wild Wets and L.A.’s always-entertaining Jeffertiti’s Nile.
Anti-Monday’s back at Casbah with an up-and-coming locals show, featuring the Steinbacks, Sleeping Ghost, and everybody’s favorite folk-punk duo International Dipshit...whilst Tower Bar’s got “tomahawk rockers” the Natives, with Slipping Into Darkness, Amerikan Bear, and Swift Beats under the colorful City Heights spire...and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Paganfest America V will be at the Ramona Main Stage. This year is the popular roadshow’s fifth, hence the V, and features bands called Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, Varg, and Winterhymn. They have their own language, those people. Anyway, hail Satan, Ramona. Hail Satan.
L.A. hip-hop vets People Under the Stairs appear at Casbah behind this year’s well-received throwback raps 12 Step Program. DJ Shag’s Joint Response is also on the bill, while DJ Gar Gar spins ’round sets... English electronic dance-pop band New Young Pony Club clops into Soda Bar after our own get-up-and-go trio We Are Sirens.
Say Hi is no longer Say Hi to Your Mom. They’re just Say Hi these days. The Seattle-based indie-rock band is out to tout this year’s Endless Wonder and will play Casbah with Aussie indie-pop duo Big Scary and the vowel-challenged Prgrm...while over on the all-ages main stage at Soma, you got the popular metalcore band Blessthefall. While listening to a Blessthafall track just now, I was stung by the beauty of the lyric, “What’s left of me is dust made of rainbows that you can eat.” Seriously? Nobody in the room said, “Dude, not sure about that one line you’re singing...” Till next week, Crawler followers, eat my rainbow dust!